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Title:The curriculum in an African context
Authors:Van Wyk, BerteISNI
Higgs, PhilipISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:171-181
Language:English
Geographic terms:Africa
South Africa
Subjects:curriculum
Africanization
indigenous knowledge
Link:http://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC61399
Abstract:The curriculum assumes a critical element in the transformation of education, and the authors argue for the establishment of an African identity in educational curricula in Africa. They ask: 'What meanings of the curriculum are pertinent to an African discourse'? In other words, what is the nature of the curriculum and its purpose, its value or worth? Also, how is the curriculum conceptualized, demarcated, structured and regulated? Any discussion or critical reflection on the curriculum, even one concerned with the construction of a curriculum in an African context, requires some understanding of the curriculum in educational discourse. The authors focus on a reconstruction of the curriculum which aims to give indigenous African knowledge systems their rightful place as equally valid ways of knowing among the array of knowledge systems in the world so as to solve global and local problems more effectively. To illustrate their argument, they discuss the Africanization of the curriculum in South Africa. Finally, they argue for a curriculum that leads to the empowerment of students; framed according to seven pillars of wisdom. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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